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BETWEEN THRESHOLDS - Episode 19 | Review of what's new for 2020. Saddle sizes, trends and choice.


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One more week we are with you all with what is probably the last episode of the year. And with the remaining days left in the year, I don't think there is much chance of re-recording.

Besides, I'm sure you're busy with other more important matters these days, right?

BETWEEN THRESHOLDS - Episode 19 | Review of what's new for 2020. Saddle sizes, trends and choice. 1

On another note... did you win the lottery? Me neither, so podemos continue as if the 22nd of December does not exist in our lives. But let's go to Episode 19 of the podcast, I digress.

Today we begin by answering Paco's question. The first part of the question is the one that corresponds to the previous episode (the episode 18), and this time we have some additional clarification about the reliability of treadmills and Stryd as a podometer.

First of all, here is a link to what Stryd says about the use of its power meter on the treadmill.

Secondly, this document about Zwift, treadmills, Stryd and calibration.

Of course, both in English.

Once you've learned how to adjust it, Jose brings us all the information concerning the bike saddle. Measurements (width and length), materials, padding and choice. Also a review of what are the current trends like the Specialized S-Works Power Mirror, a 3D printed saddle (400 eurazos for nothing...).


Specialized Power Mirror

And what about my part? Well, a review of ALL what has been presented in 2020. Believe me the list is long, when I was preparing all the material for the episode I thought the thing was going to be shorter, but the truth is that it is quite important. Here you can see the whole summary:


  • Suunto 7
    • Smart watch with Android Wear
    • Maps for navigation
    • A difficult start but updates have added what was missing at the beginning (mode customization, route navigation, low power display during sport).
    • The only thing missing is the addition of external sensors
    • The autonomy is what it is... (1 day), that will not change and is the toll to pay for a complete smartwatch.
  • Suunto 3
    • Same as the original Suunto 3 Fitness. New colors and little else.
  • Polar H9
    • ANT+/Bluetooth dual sensor more economical than the H10. Also 5kHz
    • No memory 
    • Slightly more basic band


  • Polar Grit X
    • Polar's first entry into the mountain with a specific model
    • New functions. Hill Splitter for automatic uphill and downhill detection.
    • FuelWise, hydration and nutrition assistant. When to eat and drink. Information on what energy we have used.
    • Route creation with Komoot
  • Fitbit Charge 4
    • With GPS
    • With Fitbit Pay
    • New sleep functions


  • Wahoo TICKR and TICKR X
    • New design. Thinner pod, LEDs on the top, new band
    • More simultaneous connections (3x Bluetooth + ANT+)
    • Higher battery life
    • TICKR X adds stroke dynamics for Garmin and larger memory size
  • Garmin Varia RTL515
    • Adds Bluetooth compatibility
    • Platoon mode of use so as not to dazzle those behind
    • Very small improvement in autonomy


  • Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
    • Daily workout suggestions
    • Changes in the possibilities offered by navigation, now a little more comprehensive
    • Increased autonomy thanks to Sony chipset
    • Larger memory, but loses external card. Maps from all over the world.
  • Garmin Edge 130 Plus
    • ClimbPro
    • Compatible with structured training (TrainingPeaks and Garmin)
    • Compatible with smart rollers
    • Incident detection
    • Higher battery life
  • Polar Unite
    • Same as Polar Ignite, but without GPS to offer cheaper price


  • Garmin Fenix 6 Solar
    • New solar-charged crystal. Slightly more autonomy (up to 4 hours in GPS use).
  • Garmin Instinct Solar
    • More changes. New chipset for lower power consumption
    • New optical sensor is oxygen saturation estimation
    • Power Manager (from Fenix 6)
    • 15 to 54 days in normal mode. 16 to 38 hours of GPS use
    • Battery saving mode, always on


  • Fitbit Sense
    • Focused on health metrics
    • New optical sensor
    • ECG
    • Electrodermal activity
    • Temperature monitoring
  • Fitbit Versa 3
    • New optical sensor
    • Google Assistant compatible
    • With GPS
    • Receiving calls from a connected telephone
    • With stroke power estimation
    • VERY light
    • 30 hours of autonomy
    • Barometric altimeter
    • Magnetic compass
    • Thermometer
    • Only 199€.


  • Apple Watch Series 6
    • Oxygen saturation estimation
    • Sleep monitoring (which is not specific as it is something related to Apple Watch OS7).
  • Garmin Forerunner 745
    • Very complete watch, far superior to what the 735XT was.
    • Suggestions for daily training for running and cycling
    • Specific profile for track racing
    • Barometric altimeter
    • It is like the FR945 but without maps, the rest of the features are the same.
    • Autonomy limited to only 16 GPS hours
    • High price 
  • Garmin HRM-Pro
    • Like the HRM-Tri, but with Bluetooth
    • Running dynamics and memory
  • Garmin Venu Sq
    • Back to the square screen
    • Wireless payments 
    • Version with music
    • Blood oxygen estimation
    • All Garmin health metrics
    • Very competitive price for Garmin


  • Garmin Instinct Esports Edition
    • The original Garmin Instinct with a specific gaming profile
    • Allows you to transmit data and join it to videos of games you are playing 
  • Polar Vantage V2
    • Renewal of the original Vantage, with the new features that came with the Grit X.
    • In addition, it includes new tests
    • Running test for VO2Max, HRmax, maximal aerobic speed and maximal aerobic power data
    • Cycling test, basically FTP test
    • Leg recovery test, to identify recovery status from a simple jump test.
  • Garmin Index S2
    • Garmin scale refurbishment
    • New color display with trend graph


  • Wahoo ELEMNT Rival
    • First Wahoo watch
    • 24 hours of autonomy
    • Automatic triathlon transitions
    • Quite lacking: no advanced workouts, navigation, compass, VO2max, training loads, training alerts or alarm


And taking advantage of the dates in which we are... STAY TUNED BECAUSE THERE ARE RAFFLES! As in recent years Camelbak is going to sponsor the choice (your choice) of the best training device of 2020. And there is also another sweepstakes that is going to move through social networks... but I will inform you about all this in its corresponding publication when it is appropriate.


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Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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  1. Hi Eduardo, sorry to make this comment here but I didn't know where to put it. Look I would like to know how to tag a friend (or several) in a training or long run that we do in the Garmin Connect.

    Let me explain, I train with many different people and alone throughout the year, although I try to train whenever I can with someone, that alone I perform less hehehehe.

    Well in Strava when I upload the training I have no problem, once uploaded I give to edit activity and add friend, and all friends who have done that activity are labeled and I can see their times and data and with whom I did that day the training that memory is fragile when time passes.

    Well that's what I do on Strava I'd like to do on Garmin Connect, tag your activity buddies, so to review an old workout or run I can know who I trained with that day and poder quickly review how their times were as well. It seems silly and sure it's easy but I haven't been able to do it on Garmin Connect and on Strava I do it daily. I also like the data provided by Garmin Connect much better and I find it more complete and in my environment we all use Garmin and some of us don't even have Strava.
    Well sorry for the inconvenience but you that cacharreras much more with this type of things maybe you know tell me how it is done, that I for more than I look for it I do not find the way to do it. Greetings Eduardo, I've been following you for years and I can't even remember how many years I've been following you.

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